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Holly Abston in Romantic Country Magazine

My Vintage Kitchen Stove (chambers c model) when we first built, we've upgraded the counters since.

Last year I did a post about artist, Holly Abston’s darling jadeite kitchen.

I found Holly’s fabulous kitchen while searching for Chambers stoves. She has a beauty!

Her darling house and art was featured in the spring edition of the 2012 Romantic Country Magazine. On sale now.

Congratulations Holly. Still lovin that stove!

Source: hollyabston.com via Jan on Pinterest

Source: hollyabston.com via Jan on Pinterest

Visit Holly’s site www.hollyabston.com for a look into her beautiful world and illustrations!

A 1900 “Folk Victorian” Home in Michigan


I started this post about the Collins’ family home 6 months ago (some how it got away from me). The GE Monitor Top Refrigerator, Chambers Stove and fabulous wall of white cupboards had me hooked and I couldn’t stop wondering what had been going on in that kitchen?

Why am I hooked? I love old American homes, that working people turn into their own, personal treasures. They become a part of their lives and stories.

My taste runs towards the simple and functional. I am not too keen on foo-foo or high-maintenance. I love antiques and period homes. I love this kitchen (I’ll give you a peek but wait till the end!) and I love the Collins’ home.

I had hoped to show the restoration in progress. They’ve been working and what a fabulous job they’ve done.


Bill says – “I live in Eaton Rapids, Michigan with my wife and two kids in the same town where I was born and grew up. The two-story house is what I call Folk Victorian, built circa 1900. We purchased it at the end of March, 2010, and we moved into it in March of 2011, after almost exactly a year of renovation work. It’s not our first old house, but it’s the first one on which we did such major work.

The original details were the major selling points, including floors, trim, doors and windows, storm windows, and plaster walls. The kitchen had been “updated” in the 1970’s or 80’s, but no lasting harm was done, especially to the unique full wall of floor-to-ceiling pantry cupboards. The only room that required gutting the walls down to the studs was the main bath.

It was never a fancy, high-Victorian house. The original trim is fairly simple and was always painted, not stained. This made it easier to match in the few places it was necessary, and it did a lot to make the DIY restoration work more doable. We did over 90% of the work ourselves, with occasional help from good friends. Work included: blown insulation in the previously hollow walls; stripping wallpaper (every wall, throughout the house); main bathroom demolition; removing old wall-to-wall carpeting; removing old vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bath; full renovations of the kitchen and main bath, including wainscoting and new linoleum flooring; adding an upstairs half-bath; painting walls and ceilings throughout the house; refinishing wood floors; refurbishing hardware throughout the house, including fixtures and door hardware; major plumbing overhaul and extensive electrical work.”

The kitchen before –




The Sun Porch off-of the kitchen –


Sun Porch (after) –


Parlor and Dining Room (before)-


Parlor and Dining Room after –



“The main bath had been remodeled several times over the decades. (There were five layers of wall surfacing, each applied directly over the previous layer, from old and weathered horizontal beadboard paneling to fiberboard, drywall, wallpaper, and more drywall.) Originally it was a side porch which was enclosed to create in indoor bathroom sometime after the house was originally built. It felt cramped, with a low acoustic-tile ceiling and dark blue wallpaper. It also had significant water damage due to poor roof flashing. With a new steel roof installed, we set about removing each layer of wall, down to the studs and rebuilt it with moisture-resistant drywall and new beadboard wainscoting. There was also a walk-in closet in the upstairs hall, which I converted into a half-bath. I did all the plumbing work myself. The clawfoot bathtub was salvaged from my mother’s farmhouse, stripped and refinished by a local pro. The vintage Kohler sinks in both bathrooms came from a local architectural salvage.”

The “main” bath during demo –


Bath after –


Resurfaced Kohler sink with new faucets and original brass pop-up drain. Pop up knob says “waste”.


One of pair of antique sconces in bathroom –


“Most of the light fixtures are also salvage or antique shop finds which I repaired and restored. The dining room pan-chandelier, in particular, was donated by friends as a box of rusty parts. The only light fixture original to the house is the unique single-bulb fixture in the upstairs hall, which has a suspended steel shade with a coral-pink glass insert. We took that color to echo when we painted the upstairs bath. The wall switches and outlets were a hodgepodge of styles and colors. For a uniform, period approach I replaced all with new brown switches and outlets and I covered them with vintage Bakelite wall plates from the local Habitat for Humanity Restore.”

light dinroom 04


“Removing the main floor carpeting revealed original wood floors, although they had been heavily splattered with paint. After scraping and sanding, I stained the oak flooring in the parlor and dining room a dark mahogany, then finished with four coats of clear polyurethane. The heart pine floor in the family room had a beautiful orange cast and I left it unstained, only finishing with the clear poly. The oak flooring upstairs wasn’t in bad shape, but it benefitted from a light sanding and two new coats of poly. Then the floors were appointed with a collection of great vintage wool-pile rugs purchased at an estate sale, and a new runner for the stairs.”



Here’s what got me “hooked ” in the first place – the kitchen. Oh, those cupboards. I thought, “I’d die and gone to heaven”.







“Exterior renovation is still in progress, and will be for some time. But after a solid year’s effort, even on a fairly tight budget, the interior is pretty much completed and it turned out just about exactly the way we wanted. With a few finishing touches like the rugs, our collections of antique furniture, and window treatments that brought it all together, we were able to move into a house that already felt like home.”

Thanks to Bill “Piper” Collins and his family for a virtual tour of his Folk Victorian home. If your wondering where the Piper comes from Bill’s a bagpiper in the Glen Erin Pipe Band.


Good night all!!


The Chambers Stove – Lovely Models All in a Row

Chambers Stove Model 2741
Early B Model Chambers Stove
Chambers Stove 003
After Kitchen 2
Chambers Stove
Chambers cook stove just like Rachel Ray
Kitchen and Chambers Stove
Chambers Stove & Oven 1 - 1970

Holly Abston – Artist and Owner of a Chambers C

My Vintage Kitchen Stove (chambers c model) when we first built, we've upgraded the counters since.

Holly Abston is an artist, a designer and the owner of this precious “jadeite” color Chambers C models.

The color is 40’s all the way and is one of my favorites.

(A restoration company or porcelain company can do these stoves
in almost any color. The color is baked on like an enamel. The red color is more expensive because of EPA laws.)

flowers from my garden

What a stunning kitchen!

Holly’s blog features her jewelry, paper dolls, designs and home. She’s one creative gal – Holly Abston’s Blog – These are the beautiful days

pretty girls in a row
paper doll round robin
These wonderful paper designs are available inHolly’s Etsy store

Thanks Holly for letting us take a peak at your Chambers and your creative life!

horse paperdoll

The Cool Features of The Chambers

In this old advertisement (stolen with permission from Todd at www.chamberstoves.net) we get to see all the cool features of The Chambers. You can see more on Todd’s page on Chambers features

Love the racks that don’t tilt, the handles which little kids can’t work, all the insulation and the features here –

The In A Top Broiler – How cool to have the broiler and “sizzling platter” (you can remove the bottom platter and take it right to the table)
on top of the stove. “No stooping, no squinting and no smoke or fumes”.

This broiler has a heating element on the top lid so there’s no turning. One advertisement boosts, you can make 8 grilled sandwiches at once without having to flip them.
Bring on the Grilled Pastrami and Swiss!

Stole the pic of the Chambers broiler from Josh at Bungalow23. Great site with
his journey at restoring his bungalow and also re-doing and installing his 1951 61C. Some good photos and tips for the do-it-yourselfer.

The ThermoWell and ThermoBaker-

Here’s the ThermoWell which is a well which is independently insulated and used with different “kettles”. The one pictured is a triple. You can cook 3 different dishes all at once!

The C models have a ThermoBaker which you insert into the well to bake pies or biscuits.

Here’s an unrestored one from Vintage Appliances. What color do I want? Love the copper!!

I want a Chambers (hint to “the boss”), if I can’t afford one I’ll just write about them. Maybe the stars will align in my favor and make this dream come true!

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The Chambers Stove – Let’s Get Started

Unlike many vintage stoves that seem to all look similar, The Chambers “stands alone”. There is nothing that comes close to it’s design, durability and unique cooking features.

Let’s start off with a bit of history – Around 1910, John Chambers came up with the very bright idea of combining the technology used in the fireless cookers of the time with the increasingly popular gas stoves.

Chambers first called his new invention the Chambers Fireless Gas Cooking Range we now know it’s slogan as The Range That “cooks with the gas turned off”.

In 1912, The Chambers Corporation began to manufacture ranges for the national market in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Interesting fact from www.chamberstove.net – The CHAMBERS Corporation did not spend a lot of effort (or money) in advertising nationally.Their efforts were directed more on a local level – through the cooking schools and demonstrations, merchant/dealer “give-away’s”, and local newspapers.

In the next few posts, we’ll look at all the Chambers features and models. I especially want to thank Todd at www.chamberstoves.net for his great site with everything you ever need to know about The CHAMBERS and www.vintagechambers.com for his pdf files!!

“What am I Suppose to do with this”? 1953 Chambers C-90

Video of Nancy’s C-90 Chambers Stove “Rachel” at Marconistead’s Channel onYouTube

The Chambers – Cooks With The Gas Turned Off

kitchen, originally uploaded by kristensmellis.

This week I’m blogging. I got side-tracked with life!

We’re getting back to vintage appliances and what better way to start than with The Chambers Stove. Yes, it’s the same stove as Rachel Ray uses on 30 Minute Meals.

The Chambers – invented by John Chambers in 1909, the range “that cooks with the gas turned off”, has a Therowell and a “sizzling platter”, thumb latch safety latch handles and weighs in at around 400 lbs.

To end January, we’ll look at all of these cool features and more. I’ve rounded up artists, restorers and wonderful people who use these stoves every day.

Let’s start this Monday off with a picture from Kristen Ellis’s blog Llena de moras of her yellow Chambers.

We love The Chambers and love Kristen’s darling kitchen!